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the way for him to become president barack obama's new pentagon chief despite opposition from some republicans. hagel is expected to have enough votes to get past the senate filibuster and be confirmed as the top pentagon official. he needs 60 votes to make that happen. >>> president obama is due to take part in google+ and the hangout where he will answer questions on his state of the union address. selected participants will ask questions about his address to congress and you can also and questions via the white house's youtube channel. the hangout will start at 4:50. >>> well, if you're a teacher some state lawmakers want to help you out. they want to give you a bigger tax break for school supplies you buy. the bill would allow teachers to write off as much as $500 for school supplies they purchase out of pocket. right now you get $250 from the federal government for those supplies. but the state doesn't have any such offer. similar bills failed in 2003 and 2004 and 2005 because they were deemed too expensive. >>> a former graduate student in pennsylvania is now suing her school
face 85 billion dollars in cuts that could lead to furloughs for 2 million people. the pentagon fears it will have a drastic effect on the military. republicans say the sequester is going to happen but democrats are proposing to delay the cuts again. >> we can't cut our way to research and development and we have to get back to a balance. and i think the american people understand that. >> reporter: and only time will tell if congress will be able to avoid the sequester. those cuts happen on march 1st. right now, it looks like both side are far from the balanced solution. linda so, abc2 news. >>> news around the nation, a central texas fire chief says that doctors are optimistic two firefighters will recover from serious burns suffered in a fire that killed two colleagues. the fire chief thanked everyone on sunday for prayers. a community vigil was scheduled sunday night at high school stadium in bryan about 90 miles northwest of houston. the chief declined to speculate on what started friday night's fire at an unoccupied knights of columbus hall. >>> a passenger who was on bore the c
the senate filibuster and be confirmed as the top pentagon official. his nomination was met with criticism by some senate republicans. >>> well, just days after speaking to millions in an ash wednesday mass, pope benedict 16 will now meet with parish priests from rome today. he's expected to talk about his personal experiences during the reformist second vatican council back in the 1960s. he made a surprise announcement last week saying he would be stepping down from his position due to health reasons. the story is continuing to develop. >>> five things to know on this thursday morning. check your fridge before making your salad and heading off to work today because taylor farms retail is recalling some baby spinach because it could be contaminated with e. coli. it was sold around several labels. >>> the numbers have gone up 4% since 2002. in the study half the women who used the pill said they did it because they had unprotected sex. >>> passengers aboard a carnival cruise ship will finally be able to get off the boat today. it's expected to dock in mobile, alabama. a fire in the room has
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